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Status Future consideration
Workspace API Connect
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 2, 2022

Enable/disable Policy in Gateway tab -APIC

We have more bulitin polices like xmltojson, map, set variable etc for apic to develop an API . When we develop an API we might need to delete few policy and later re-add the policy while doing testing. for example , after invoke action , I have one map action which have 100s of json element for testing if I remove the map and re-added then I need to map all the fields again . To over come this, we feel to have enable/disable of policy will help us.

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Dan Temkin
    Aug 19, 2022

    Thank you for the additional details and quick response. It sound like this is mostly the need to be able to debug the flow while in development. IBM API Connect already has the ability to view tracing of the payload, headers, other meta-data in the API Connect Test tab of the API Editor ( Deleting or disabling policies should not be required to review the output(s) of an action the occurs earlier in the flow.

    Having individual policy toggles could introduce unexpected behaviors when disabling a policy that is part of a sequence and/or branch logic. For example Req-> Map(1)->Invoke -> Map(2) -> Response. Disabling the Invoke would most likely lead to the following Map(2) to fail if we are 'skipping' the Invoke and passing the results of Map(1) into Map(2). Would the ability to set a policy to have a breakpoint in the Assembly accomplish what you are trying to accomplish? In the above example setting a breakpoint after the Map(1) to stop the rest of the Assembly from completing?

  • Guest
    Aug 19, 2022

    Let's take an example of invoking policy - I configured that policy with block header, allow headers, cache keys and response in a custom variable, etc.. if I delete and re-add, I have to configure again, but if disable is present, I can disable this policy and test my flow and enable it again. It would save my time and make the debugging easier.

    As a workaround - What I am doing currently is creating a catch block and dragging it there to achieve disable function.

    Take an example of a Map policy with a large JSON payload; deleting the policy and re-adding are not a good user experience.

  • Admin
    Dan Temkin
    Aug 18, 2022

    Thank you for the request, we would like some more details on what type of scenario you are deleting and re-adding policies during testing. What does deleting the policy provide in your testing process.